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Zonta Locust Street Gardens

History of our Environment Project - Locust Street Park:

In 1994, the Biennium project encouraged clubs to start an environment project in their community.


The Zonta Club of Lockport, New York, Inc. approached the City of Lockport and asked

if we might be able to adopt one of Ida Fritz's gardens which had been neglected

after she was no longer able to care for them.

We adopted the Locust Street Park in the spring of 1995 and eight Zontians

began resurrecting her two flower beds.  The original 8 Zontians who started

volunteering at Locust Street park in 1995 are:


Alice Hall, original Chair until 1998

Charlene Bower, became Chair 1998

Thea Brandt

Christa Caldwell

Lorraine Sparks

Carol Spedding

Sandra Thurston

Dorothy Webster


Charlene, Carol, Lorraine and Sandra are still involved, maintaining the gardens today.


In 1996, we then approached other service organizations to join us

and adopt other locations around the City. 

There are now 29 parks and green spaces adopted and being cared for

by several local individuals and service organizations.

In 2021, the Zonta Club was awarded a Grant from the Niagara Bridge Commission, sponsored by Taren LaGamba of the Historic Parks, to replace the deteriorated wooden boarders. 

Chris Landry, Parks Superintendent of the City of Lockport, graciously provided his staff to install it for us as well as upgrading the edging at the West Avenue Welcome Sign.

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Charlene Bower and Karen Rahill

cleaning up and putting final touch's on

Locust Street Park for it's winter rest

October 2021

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Fall Garden Clean Up in front of the still blooming (and rare)

monkshood which were too beautiful to cut back yet.

Brenda Ulrich, Carol Spedding, Donna Ghodbane & Donna Kleinhans

October 2020

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Locust Street

Front Garden

July 2020

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Locust Street

Center Garden

July 2020

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Charlene Bower, Renee Holly-Eberhard &

Renee's granddaughter, Ashlynn Eberhard 

June 2020

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A wonderful picture of a monarch

butterfly enjoying the beautiful gardens

August 2020

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Renee Holly-Eberhard &

her granddaughter, Ashlynn Eberhard

June 2020

Ashlynn Eberhard, granddaughter of Zontian

Renee Holly-Eberhard

Summer 2013

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City of Lockport Common Council presents

new signs to four local gardens. 

The Zonta Club of Lockport gardens

were one of the recipients.


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Daffodils - Center Bed


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Alice Hall and Charlene Bower

Creating the edging for the flower beds


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Christa Caldwell (former Zontian), Alice Hall and Carol Spedding


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Thea Brandt (former Zontian)


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Dorothy Webster tending the Locust Street Garden. 

Dorothy was one of the original 8 members who began caring for this garden back in 1995.

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